1996 Nissan Micra GX 1.0 from UK and Ireland


It's a Nissan. It does what is says on the tin


Could really do with stronger door hinge pins on the 3 door, as the sheer size of the door soon starts to sag.

Biting point on the clutch was a bit high, but after adjustment it was a lot better.

Could have done with power steering, as the steering is a bit on the heavy side when parking.

But these are all niggly things; on the whole it's been great.

General Comments:

Great reliable car, and goes well even for a 1.0, thanks to its double overhead cam engine (virtually the same engine as in my 1.6 Primera).

Handling is a bit like a puppy on a lead, especially cornering in the wet, but hey it's a town car ,not a sports car. Caution is needed never the less.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st July, 2007

1996 Nissan Micra tropic 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Absolutely great li'l car "bumble"


I have not had to replace anything from this car apart from a new indicator stalk, but that's just from wear and tear.

The seats are tidy and so is everything else inside the car.

General Comments:

This car handles very well and steering is quite smooth.

The clutch is great.

This car's gears are nice and smooth to change, not sticky at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2007

1996 Nissan Micra Shape 1.0 from UK and Ireland


Superbly reliable


Nissan and any other Japanese car makers really can't be beaten when it comes to reliability.

This particular model has been excellent. The only things ever to have gone wrong are as follows:

Rear slave cylinder

Throttle body starting to fail

Timing chain tensioner - never bothered fixing it, just been driving with it since I bought it.

And that is it. It's had a few odd mornings in the winter (2005 winter was very cold) when it wouldn't start very easily, but she had never let me down!

General Comments:

I bought the car, as they are very cheap to insure, run, fix, and above all else, are very very reliable.


The car doesn't look like a sexy Ferrari, but nor does it pretend to be one either. It may seem a little feminine, but it doesn't make you want throw up every time you see one, unlike some modern £30,000+ cars today!


Very basic, but all very well made, better than the equivalent Ford or vauxhall. Nothing has ever fallen off or malfunctioned so all good. This particular model didn't even have a cigar lighter, or trip meter. The seats are fairly comfy, and one excellent plus is the very generous head room, I'm 6ft 1, and fit in easily. Visibility is very good also, it is such a pleasure to throw into the tightest of spaces in town, and U-turn round the narrowest roads.

Rear legroom is very limited, but it's not a family car, so I don't think that matters too much.


Around town, the car is fine, excellent turning circles, lock to lock time, and decent smooth gear box. Out on the motorway, the car is a little stretched. At speeds approaching 70+, the engine noise becomes apparent. The car pulls fairly well in all gears, and I have done numerous long journeys at motorway speeds and the car has felt very stable. She does get caught in the cross winds now and then, and when some total egyt in a BMW pulls out infront of you in the fast lane, it takes a while to re-gain speed with the little 1.0 engine.


Unfortunatly I did most the research for the car after I bought it, stupid really I know. The engine should be fairly quiet, no rattles coming from the left side of the engine. These engines, as do most Nissan's, use a timing chain instead of a belt, so they never need replacing. However, a few Micra's have suffered premature wearing of the timing chain tensioners. What this means is that the engine makes a loud rattling noise. If you locate a fairly loud rattling coming from the same side of the engine as the alternator, you're looking at a large bill!!

This generation of micra (K11) suffered from premature wearing of the throttle bodies, something that should have been rectified under warranty (so I've read). What this means, is that excess air leaks into the inlet, thus making the mixture weaker, thus making it erratic to drive, ie: doesn't settle at idle, uses up a bit more fuel than it should, and th emost obvious: acclereation becomes a bit jumpy and not smooth.


If you require a solid, dependable car to get you around, and if you aren't fussed with the look of the car, then this is the best bet. In my opinion, the engineering of this little car is far greater than any offering from VW, Ford, Vauxhall etc. These little things are bombproof, and if cared for will last a very long time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2006

2nd Oct 2008, 16:21

Very useful and in plain English, thank you.

9th Jun 2010, 03:40

The rattling could also be a loose heat shield around the exhaust. I've not heard of any problems with the chain itself, but I shall bear your review in mind.

Good job,

26th Jun 2010, 14:42

I've had all the Micra's since they were launched, & this bubble is definitely the best!

Other things to watch for is excessive corrosion on the front cross member (look down by the radiator), brittle door handles & that's about it!

The new Micra's are pants... these are definitely fab, cheap, hassle free motoring! x.

13th Sep 2010, 08:56

Many thanks, very helpful. My brother (who knows very little about cars, but thinks he knows a lot), told me to check for my timing belt at 80k. I have just hit the 60K and looking on the net found that I should be replacing this, but thanks to your informative review I now know that it is the tensioners I should be looking out for.